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  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★★

    From time to time mid-watch of a film, my heart will race and hands start to sweat as I get the inkling it has the potential to become and all-time favourite.

    However, this hasn't happened for a while. Recently, I've really struggled to enjoy the medium at all, finding it almost impossible to engage or maintain interest regardless of what I was putting on. Naturally, this has left me in a rut of frustration, unable to gain any pleasure from…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★★

    Ouch. This broke me.

    I generally try to stay away from being overly personal with my writing on here for fear of oversharing but it feels only appropriate here.

    My grandparents on my mothers side are creeping into their nineties. Obviously, this is an achievement in and of itself and we're very fortunate that they've lived such long, fruitful lives, including my formative years.

    Naturally, with age they are becoming less and less able. It's painful and uncomfortable to watch…

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★½

    One of my favourite discoveries of this year has been a new-found affection for film-noir. Couple this with my love for Robert Altman and I had cautiously high expectations going into this.

    Fortunately it didn't disappoint. Spent most of this thinking it was a more modern interpretation of 'The Big Sleep', but as it turns out they're both based on the same series of novels by Raymond Chandler featuring cool as ice private eye Phillip Marlowe.

    The main difference here…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★½

    Boots Riley has such a uniquely hilarious comedic voice, I love it.
    Rarely do we see a satire as bold and inventive, and it's a world I could honestly watch forever.

    This is one of those special movies that manages to be both inspired yet wholly of it's own kin. I see sprinkles of 'Brazil' and 'Being John Malkovich''s DNA here among others, but honestly I find it pretty pointless to try to explain or decipher this because it really is like nothing else out there. All I know is it'll stick with you. One of my faves of the year.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Damn. That rare film that feels so above my level, I deem myself unqualified to comment or review for fear of my words not quite doing it justice.

    Equal parts beautiful, bold, challenging, and fascinating, it feels like nothing short of a miracle that this was made and released in this state, and for that I'm so so grateful.

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★★

    This is a lovely little film. It's hard not to smile seeing two legends on screen together like this.

    Perfect marriage of actor and material. I can't think of a more fitting 'swan song' than this, but if it actually turns out to be Redford's final foray I'll eat my hat...